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Address: 106 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-678-1786
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Showroom/retail store/museum/factory.

We offer interpretive tours of our...

Showroom/retail store/museum/factory.

We offer interpretive tours of our factory and we also offer a wide variety of ammolite jewelry and gem grade ammonite fossils or fossil pieces for sale.

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Would skip the tour

We went for the factory tour, only to find out it was just a tour around the room. They gave some interesting information, however, the person giving the tour made it awful. She... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Heidi_Kaffee
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East Wenatchee, Washington

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Kingston, Canada
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We recently stopped in to the Ammonite factory on a Saturday morning for a quick peek with grandparents and kids aged 10& 12. We tried to visit the chocolatier first, but they were closed. The set up seems more like a store, than what you would expect with "factory" in their name, but you can see work benches where work... More 

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Thank gotta-c-sun
East Wenatchee, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We went for the factory tour, only to find out it was just a tour around the room. They gave some interesting information, however, the person giving the tour made it awful. She lacked confidence in her voice and I felt like she was having a hard time even getting the information across. It made for a long 30 min... More 

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Thank Heidi_Kaffee
Montreal, Canada
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69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Located in the industrial section of Canmore, this little store sells impressive jewelry made from fossilized ammonites. Some pieces are fascinating considering their millions years of existence. Worht a little detour when heavy rain prevents you from enjoying the outdoors.

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Thank WhatsInAScreenName42
Airdrie, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We brought my mom here on a holiday Monday since she wanted to know about ammonite, and we did not find this place very exciting. We were going to wait for a tour that was starting in half an hour and I had to use a bathroom so my husband and I went searching for one (since the factory doesn't... More 

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1 Thank happentobe
AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, however we need to point out to you that even the most reasonably intelligent person realizes that most retail stores or even factory outlets do not supply washrooms no matter where you are. I am sure if you went to any stores in Banff or even downtown Canmore, you would not find any that offer... More 

St. Augustine
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We found the tour informative and the staff very friendly and helpful! From my little knowledge of this gemstone I don't know where the idea of a factory manufacturing facility would come from in regard to the other reviewers? There were work areas present but no workers actively working on product. I can except that the name "factory" might have... More 

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1 Thank Sharon S
Urbandale, Iowa
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54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I had hoped to see actual work being done to reclaim the gems from their natural state. The tour consisted of the history and how-tos presented in one room. The prices were very high considering they market themselves as a factory outlet. The tour lasted about 40 minutes and is interesting, but I would not return.

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Thank Kathie S
AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not see workers in the factory - this all depends on the day. Apparently you were here on a day where the workers were too busy with tourists to be working on our workbench. As for high prices, that is what ammolite is - expensive. We have very competitive pricing comparatively to other venues of... More 

Calgary, Canada
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84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have been living in Alberta for just over 5 years and did not know our gem was the Ammolite. My wife and I went in April when it was very quiet and got a mini tour with lots of interesting information- if you are into paleontology to any degree. The gems are very beautiful and they were happy to... More 

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1 Thank Vittorio S
Luseland, SK
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A must-see in Canmore. Tours are available & staff love sharing the process these gems (found only in southern AB) travel through to become jewelry. Small fee for tour. Factory is free. Great selection of gems. The one mine left is estimated to be depleted within the next 20 yrs.

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Thank Marilyn K
Sherwood Park, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just returned from Canmore and a "tour" of the ammonite factory. This is a joke. We were upset when we found out we had paid 5.00 each plus tax to stand around the outer perimiter of the store while a salesperson talked to us. It is fairly boring. We could have picked up the same information asking questions of... More 

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5 Thank rhonda B
AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Hello, we are sorry you had such a disappointing time. There are others that feel differently, however, here at the Ammonite Factory we appreciate all feedback and strive to do better next time. To enlighten all others reading these posts; our tours are interpretive tours, and our factory is small because we are working on gems and not something large... More 

Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The tour is very interesting and educational - well worth $5 dollars - the price of most coffees. I would recommend it - plus the staff are very friendly and helpful. Ammolite is expensive - but it is a rare gem so I expected that.

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1 Thank Faye M

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